I use to be a horrible annual planner. Then I read everything I could find on planning, spent thousands on workshops, and iterated my process over ten years. Now, I’m badass at this.
I’m going to teach you everything I know about annual planning. This won’t be easy. This is designed for overachievers. I’ve held nothing back.
So, why go through this process? It’s a major time commitment. I’m investing four days into mine.
I hate the “hustle” culture that’s embedded in modern entrepreneurship.
What is it? It’s the feeling that we should constantly be working. There’s pressure to work while you’re on vacation.
In the back of an Uber for 30 minutes? That’s time for a catchup call or to reply to emails.
Can you relate to this feeling?
Everyone is approaching productivity wrong. Tactics such as Pomodoros and blocking distractions only scratch the surface. A more effective approach is to improve your workflows.
My career exploded starting in 2009.
The money was great, but my soul was taking a beating. I couldn’t keep up with the countless emails. I thought employees were the answer, but managing them took time away from me actually making money.
There was one thing that I couldn’t quite understand when I started “adulting”: why some people were always late to events.
You know what I’m talking about…
If the event starts at 8 pm, you need to tell them to show up at 7 pm in order for them to arrive on time.
And sometimes the lateness hurts them. They show up late for work too many times and get a reputation for being irresponsible.
Or they even get fired.
I spend around 10 to 12 hours a day in front of my computer.
If you know me, then you know I’m trying to squeeze as much out of my time as possible. I’ve only got one life, and I want to be as productive as possible so I can create more free time to do things I enjoy.
One way I do that is to use software that significantly increases my productivity and efficiency.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m OBSESSED with productivity.
Friends have made fun of me by saying I systemize my bathroom breaks and send my mom Google calendar invitations when I want to talk to her.
I’m not on that level (yet).
I realized a long time ago that there are only 24 hours in a day. I don’t want to wait until I’m old to enjoy life.
Do you know what I check more than my social media, stats, and emails combined?
My calendar- it’s that important to me.
I remember hearing on a podcast from Ramit Sethi a few years ago. He said, “I can tell your priorities by looking at your calendar and your bank account.”
For many years I didn’t use a calendar. I felt a calendar kind of “trapped” me and I didn’t like having my day planned out that granular.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with studying success.
If you were to ask the average person what separates the successful from the rest, what would you hear?
You’ll hear explanations like:
Whenever people try to “dissect” success, they wanna focus on the BIG decisions or the BIG “ah-ha” moments.
I’m the opposite.
I think success is the result of thousands of “little decisions” and habits added up over the long term.
A great example is what you do in the morning.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”
– Steve Jobs
A new year is coming, and I’m not thinking about partying or drinking.